Richard Youngs

Musician — Glasgow

Name, where are you from?
Richard Youngs, Glasgow.

Describe your style in three words?
Always moving on.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Newcastle, 2012.
Mindblowingly full of joy and hope, simultaneously accessible and polarising.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Furious Pig and Exaudi. I'd love to hear how much we all had in common.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Anarcho-punk - the DIY ethics. New Zealand - the DIY ethics.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Buddha.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Old Hairdressers, Glasgow. Feels like home.

Your greatest hero or heroine in music?
Brian Eno in the 1970's. He had everything.


Prolific, multi-genre and impossible to categorise, Richard Youngs has released around 140 albums. His latest release is 'Belief' released in 2018 on Tim Burgess's Ogenisis Recordings.

The first track you played on repeat?
'See Emily Play' by Pink Floyd. As a child, it's the first record I heard outside of my parent's taste.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Poptones' by Public Image Ltd. Metal Box was a life-changing record.

One record you would keep forever?
Scottish Tradition 6: Gaelic Psalms from Lewis. Track 'Martyrs (Psalm 79)'. This is some of the wildest music. I can never entirely understand it, I always come back.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
'Vision' by Peter Hammill. The ultimate love song.

A song you wished you had written?
'Here Comes The Sun' by The Beatles. It's a great song, written by my favourite Beatle, and, think of the royalties...

Best song to turn up loud?
'Requiem' by Killing Joke. The sheer weight of the production means you can't listen to this quietly. There's a great lego animation on YouTube.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Where Are U Now?' by Justin Bieber. The pitched vocal sample that sounds like a flute...it's the 21st-century answer to the Stones' Satisfaction riff, pushing technology to create a hook.

The song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'Nag Nag Nag' by Cabaret Voltaire. There's rare footage of me dancing with Neil Campbell to this at my wedding reception.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Disco 3000' by Sun Ra. Simply, it feels so good.

Any new bands you are into at the moment?
Map 71. I got sent this last month. It's the newest music I've heard. I'm playing Cafe Oto in October with them, Alternative TV, and extnddntwrk).

Name, where are you from?
Richard Youngs, Glasgow.

Describe your style in three words?
Always moving on.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Newcastle, 2012.
Mindblowingly full of joy and hope, simultaneously accessible and polarising.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Furious Pig and Exaudi. I'd love to hear how much we all had in common.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Anarcho-punk - the DIY ethics. New Zealand - the DIY ethics.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Buddha.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Old Hairdressers, Glasgow. Feels like home.

Your greatest hero or heroine in music?
Brian Eno in the 1970's. He had everything.


Prolific, multi-genre and impossible to categorise, Richard Youngs has released around 140 albums. His latest release is 'Belief' released in 2018 on Tim Burgess's Ogenisis Recordings.

The first track you played on repeat?
'See Emily Play' by Pink Floyd. As a child, it's the first record I heard outside of my parent's taste.

A song that defines the teenage you?
'Poptones' by Public Image Ltd. Metal Box was a life-changing record.

One record you would keep forever?
Scottish Tradition 6: Gaelic Psalms from Lewis. Track 'Martyrs (Psalm 79)'. This is some of the wildest music. I can never entirely understand it, I always come back.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
'Vision' by Peter Hammill. The ultimate love song.

A song you wished you had written?
'Here Comes The Sun' by The Beatles. It's a great song, written by my favourite Beatle, and, think of the royalties...

Best song to turn up loud?
'Requiem' by Killing Joke. The sheer weight of the production means you can't listen to this quietly. There's a great lego animation on YouTube.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Where Are U Now?' by Justin Bieber. The pitched vocal sample that sounds like a flute...it's the 21st-century answer to the Stones' Satisfaction riff, pushing technology to create a hook.

The song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'Nag Nag Nag' by Cabaret Voltaire. There's rare footage of me dancing with Neil Campbell to this at my wedding reception.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Disco 3000' by Sun Ra. Simply, it feels so good.

Any new bands you are into at the moment?
Map 71. I got sent this last month. It's the newest music I've heard. I'm playing Cafe Oto in October with them, Alternative TV, and extnddntwrk).

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